Fly Away

I celebrated a birthday last week and it was a fabulous day, despite having to work.  I’m not one for birthdays, necessarily, but since it was my birthday, I decided to just let it be whatever it was and enjoy it.  My very first call of the day was from Adelle.  She called to tell me that she had planned on sending me flowers but she had been out shopping the day before and found something that was perfect for me.  Since she had just picked it up, it was going to arrive late, but she told me Happy Birthday and said she would mail it out the next day.

She ended up sending it to her Dad’s house; probably because she remembered that address and didn’t have mine handy?  I don’t really know and it doesn’t really matter.  He was nice enough to bring it to Jaxon’s football game yesterday morning where I opened it.

I found this little gem inside a box wrapped in tissue paper.

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It’s a beautiful stone bird that fits in the palm of my hand.  It’s truly lovely, but I honestly couldn’t figure out why she had thought of me when she bought it.  I’m not necessarily a bird person – I don’t collect them and they don’t hold any significance for me, so I didn’t really know why it was a must buy for me.  I still loved it though, so I sent her a text thanking her and letting her know I loved it.

She had told me on my birthday that there was an email that went with it that she was going to send, but I couldn’t read the email until I got the package.  She never ended up sending the email, so I had totally forgotten about it.  When I texted her, she immediately replied “I have to send you the email.”

This is what I read:

A bird
Not just any bird
A bird to remind you that no matter how hard or how difficult your life may seem,
you are always able to fly away
You are not held down by your struggles
You hold those struggles in the palm of your hand and if need be,
you may drop them and soar

I love you mama,


P.S. Soar your heart out today

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Needless to say, I cried.

I’ve been through a lot in my life and Adelle was with me through quite a bit of it.  I’m not sure I have the words to express how much I love her; how proud I am of who she has grown into and how loving and kind she is.

I’m sure this message will mean different things to different people, but I wanted to share it.  I hope we can all remember that no matter what life throws at us, we all have the ability to fly beyond it.

I also wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of my daughter.  When I think of soaring above struggles, I think of the unfettered joy shining from her face as she’s laughing.  This is truly what life is all about!

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10 thoughts on “Fly Away

  1. Happy belated, Helen! I just celebrated mine a week or so ago, too 🙂 Libra power! (Which I can totally tell you are the embodiment of one just by reading your blog!) I’m so glad you had a fantastic day. Here’s to a wonderful year, too!


    • What is it about Libra’s? We always manage to find each other, even through the Internet! And yes, I am a full-on, no-question-about-it Libra. 😀
      Happy Birthday to you as well! I hope you had a fabulous day and that the upcoming year holds lots of positivity and love! ❤


  2. A beautiful present from a beautiful child,woman. With a beautiful present and message . No matter what troubles shackle you yo this life mentally we can always fly, and soar until you can find the answer and solve the problem. What a wise young woman you have raised. ❤


  3. This is really beautiful, I love it. What a beautiful present and a beautiful message to go with it. You are an amazing woman. You have been through a lot, but you have soared and are the person you are today. Love you!!


  4. Unfettered joy rocks. Bestowing it on another rocks even more. I know that little bird is going to give you its message again and again, and I love that you’re sharing it.

    I love reading what you share of your children. I’m thinking that some elements of this might be a part of my not too distant future.

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    • I love the same thing about your blog – what you share of your children. I wasn’t sure how personal to be when I first started it, but it is my blog and something I am doing for me, so it should make me happy in the end. 🙂

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      • I often check with the kids themselves. They’ll sometimes issue blanket OKs, put conditions on my posting – Jeremiah currently has a “if you can manage to get a picture of me, you can use it however you want to” codicil; Annalise, on the other hand, likes being “Sorta blog-famous”.

        I’m very aware that their positions may change, and often, as they move through these years of rapid growth and transition, so I try to be sensitive.

        And I don’t post unflattering things about them, because I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me.

        I’m grateful for the fact that they have both allowed me to share fairly openly – living the way we do, my life is rather inextricably interwoven with theirs, at this point, and it would be hard to explain my life without including them.

        My Accomplice, on the other hand, is a more private guy and goes off to work, so he doesn’t feature as prominently on the blog (although VERY prominently in our lives!).


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